Image:EssexInstitute ca1900s SalemMA DetroitPubCo LC 3.jpg|thumb|right|Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1900-1910
The '''Essex Institute''' (1848-1992) in Salem, Massachusetts
, was "a literary, historical and scientific society."
[[http://books.google.com/books?id=h-j4wycadw4C Visitors' guide to Salem]. Salem, MA: H.P. Ives, 1880]
It maintained a museum, library,
historic houses; arranged educational programs; and issued numerous scholarly publications. In 1992 the institute merged with the Peabody Museum of Salem
to form the Peabody Essex Museum
[[http://www.pem.org/about/museum_history PEM website]. "Museum history." Retrieved 2011-02-16]